Spring is around the corner. Last Friday I could smell fresh cut grass everywhere and this weekend we all traded an hour of sleep for extra daylight.
I am starting to plan out my vegetable garden. I would like to improve my veggie-haul over last year. Improvement shouldn’t be difficult; I didn’t get anything planted until June last year, so I aim to be more proactive in 2012. Also, my tomato plant withered and died too quickly. It was an heirloom from Oregon so I think it was ill-equipped for my Washington soils and bugs. My pepper plant blossomed late and never ripened. I was able to enjoy a few zucchinis and cucumbers, but then I went on a three-week vacation at the peak of harvest season. My neighbor kindly watered my potted garden, but she did not pick anything. A foot-long and 5-inch diameter cucumber greeted me upon my return. After that, my cucucmber plant didn’t really produce any more cucumbers.
Here’s an infographic I found about DIY home gardeners from Infographics Archive. It says the median garden size is 96 square feet…mine was 4 pots that added up to 5 square feet. I can’t wait until I get a bigger yard one day.
This week I picked my first “harvest” from my potted vegetable garden: 3 cucumbers.
I may have let them go a few days too many, as the seeds were fairly large and there was a hint of bitterness in their flavor. (No more so than the cucumbers I bought from the store, but more bitter than my dad’s cucumbers from years past.) I ate the cucumbers as part of a greek salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, oregano, and olive oil) so the bitterness was masked.
This weekend was my first weekend truly without any thesis work. So I passed the hours checking a few tasks off my around-the-house to-do list:
I sorted my wardrobe and rearranged my closet to allow me better access to more items and to *hopefully* remind/encourage me to wear what I already own. A number of blogs devoted to organization and frugal living have recommended “shopping one’s closet” before going out and buying too much new stuff. So I decided to arrange the majority of my work and non-grubby clothes by type and color scheme. Now, how long can I keep these clothes in order?
Following the wardrobe rearrangement, I completed my first sewing project: repairing the zipper on my purse. Then I began preparing for my next sewing project: adding a lining to a white floral skirt that is just a little too see-through. I have had the skirt for 2 years and have only successfully worn it once. I will need to visit a fabric store soon. Other sewing projects will follow as I re-familiarize myself with my clothes and I identify “gaps” in my wardrobe. I’ve already noticed that a number of my shirts won’t go with half of my pants (because of conflicting patterns), so I think a pair of solid grey slacks/khakis are in my future. Continue reading